Simon Saradzhyan on political change in Russia

Putin, the protest movement and political change in Russia
EU Institute for Security Studies
February 17, 2012
Article by: Simon Saradzhyan, Belfer Center fellow, and Nabi Abdullaev
Topic: Political change in Russia

“Few leaders undertake major reforms in either domestic or foreign policy late in their rule, and Vladimir Putin – who seeks to return to the Kremlin this spring for at least six years – hardly wants to be an exception. However, should the disparate groups behind the recent unprecedented protests in Russia develop into an organised movement leading to a sustained increase in public pressure on the Kremlin, then Putin may end up pursuing far more extensive domestic political and economic reforms than he would wish.”

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